The NFL is set up with another great week of action in Week 16. Eleven games are up on the board throughout Sunday. One of these games will be between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys. These two teams have struggled this season, but are still in the playoff race in their division. This game will kick off at around 4:25 PM Eastern time.
Philadelphia has earned a record of 4-9-1 throughout this season, which has them sitting in fourth place of the NFC East. The Eagles have lost five of their last six games, which has dropped them to the last place in the division. Philadelphia still can win the division, but need to get some help with other teams losing. The Eagles could ruin Dallas’ chances with a win in this one though.
The Cowboys have posted a record of 5-9 throughout this season, which has put them in second place of the NFC East. Dallas has jumped the New York Giants with back to back wins. The Cowboys are one game back on the Washington Football Team and will look to get closer with a win on Sunday. Dallas has gained life with those last two wins, but will need to finish out the season strong.
Neither of these teams have been great this season, but are still battling it out for the NFC East. Both teams need a win to stay alive in the divisional race, which makes this game very important. I expect both teams to come out strong in this one as they try to bounce back with a win. If either team can take an early lead, it could give them the edge on Sunday afternoon.
The Eagles and the Cowboys met up once earlier in the season in Week 8. Greg Zuerlein kicked three field goals for Dallas, but that was all the points the Cowboys could muster. Carson Wentz tossed two touchdown passes, while Philadelphia’s defense scored a touchdown and a safety. The Eagles were able to hold on for a nice 23-9 win at home.
Philadelphia met up with the Arizona Cardinals back in Week 15. Jalen Hurts threw three touchdown passes, while running in for another touchdown. Kyler Murray also passed for three touchdowns, while running in another. These two quarterbacks went back and forth on offense, but it was Arizona who came out on top with a 33-26 win.
The Cowboys faced off against the San Francisco 49ers last week. Nick Mullens had two passing touchdowns, while C.J. Beathard added another. Andy Dalton had two passing touchdowns, while Tony Pollard had two rushing touchdowns. CeeDee Lamb iced it with a kick return touchdown on an onside kick as Dallas stayed alive in the division with a 41-33 win.
Dallas is coming off their second straight win, while the Eagles dropped a tough won on the road. Philadelphia was able to come back and tie it in the third, but lost it in the fourth quarter. Jalen Hurts continues to impress since taking over for Carson Wentz two weeks ago. The Eagles will look to play spoiler for the Cowboys in this one.
Jalen Hurts has stepped into the starting role the last two weeks and it has helped bring life to the Eagles otherwise disappointing season. Hurts has thrown for 647 yards, 5 touchdowns and 1 interception. He has rushed for 251 yards and 1 touchdown as well. Last week Hurts went 24-44 for 338 yards and four total touchdowns in the losing effort.
Andy Dalton has taken over the starting role for the Cowboys after Dak Prescott went down with injury earlier in the season. Dalton has picked up his play the last couple of weeks. He has thrown for 1549 yards, 11 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Dalton went 19-33 for 209 yards and 2 touchdowns in last weeks win against the 49ers.
These two Quarterbacks have put up strong performances the last two weeks to bring life to their respective teams. Hurts is coming off a great performance, but Philadelphia’s defense could not slow down the Cardinals. Dallas gave up a lot of points to the 49ers and will look to improve upon that this week. I expect both Quarterbacks to try and give their respective team an early lead.
Philadelphia has struggled on both sides of the ball this season, but the offense has picked up their game the last couple of weeks. The Eagles have scored 303 points and gained 4661 yards of offense, which are 25th and 23rd in the league this season. Philadelphia has given up 361 points and 5049 yards to opposing teams, which are both 20th in the NFL.
The Cowboys offense has been solid throughout this season, but their defense has not stopped anyone. Dallas has scored 339 points this season, which is 18th in the NFL. The Cowboys have also gained 5129 yards, which is 15th in the league. Dallas has given up 433 points and 5370 yards, which are 31st and 24th in the NFL this season.
These two teams have not been able to play great this season, but their offenses have found some life the last couple of weeks. Dallas has not been able to stop many teams this season, which could be a problem in this one. If the Eagles defense can step up like they did two weeks ago against New Orleans, it could be enough to help lead Philadelphia to a big win on Sunday.
These two teams are coming into this game with a lot on the line. The loser of this game will be eliminated from postseason contention, which should motivate both teams to come out strong. The Cowboys are coming off back to back wins, while Philadelphia has played well in their last couple of games. If Hurts can put up another strong performance, I think the Eagles can take this one.
BetOnline has Philadelphia listed as a -140 against the money line in this one. I believe that this line should be much closer to even with it being in Dallas. The Cowboys have been the better team the last couple of weeks and I think they will do a good job against their divisional opponents. If they can slow down Jalen Hurts, I think the Eagles will collapse again, which will give Dallas a chance to take over.